'Tis the Season

50+ Holiday Gifts Under $50


December 17, 2018 Buying Guides By

One can’t break the bank for every gift they give during the holidays. So to help you make the right purchase for the right price, we pulled together a list of over 50 holiday gifts for under $50 from across all types of categories. Whether you’re on the hunt for something specific or need a last minute shopping idea, we’re sure this rundown of great products will help you pick a present they won’t forget this year. Don’t want to search by price? Check out our breakdown of holiday gifts by category in our holiday gift guide roundup.

Silca Italian Army Knife

Until your time trial is fast enough to get you a sponsored support van, Silca’s classic multi-tool for cyclists is your reliable sidekick when your mechanics fail halfway through a weekend century ride. It has all the drivers and wrenches that you might need for a quick adjustment, and it’ll fit easily in a jersey pocket.

Vibrapod Isolators

These little rubber feet come in a bunch of different sizes, to match the size of your speakers, and aren’t complicated. They simply lift the speakers off the horizontal plane (aka a table or desk) and enhance isolation so there’s less distoration. They are a cheap way for people who have bookshelf speakers to make them sound even better. And stuff into a stocking nicely.

Way Basics Vinyl Record Storage Cube

Symbol Audio makes some of the nicest record crates — here — I’ve seen, but they’re also $225 each. If you want something similar at a fraction of the price, go with these.

ProSource Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar

This easy-to-install pull-up bar is a great addition to any home gym. Pop it in any doorway and get moving on your pull-up or chin-up challenge. If New Year’s resolutions are looming, this steel bar can help you work everything from your shoulders to biceps, core and back. It’s built to hold up to 300 pounds, and will be your new visual reminder to workout.

SKLZ Quick Ladder

It’s time to think about dexterity and speed. A ladder helps every athlete progress their explosive power and acceleration. Run through with quick feet, double step in and out or play a little old school hopscotch with it.

Rab Merino+ Gloves

Keeping your extremities warm when running is of utmost importance. These merino and polyester blend gloves are lightweight and work double duty as base gloves for skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing.

Ergon GE1 Evo Factory Grip

Handlebar grips can make all of the difference between an enjoyable ride and one full of pain and frustration. Ergon’s GE1 Evo Factory grips feature Gravity Control rubber that is just soft enough where it provides comfort while avoiding the “I’m holding a damp sponge” feeling.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

If you spend a lot of time outside, especially near a body of water, you need to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays. This SPF 50 all natural and organic paste leaves a visible mark of lotion, so when you’re riding a wave, you have a visual reminder that you covered your face and shoulders.

Picky Bars

Hikers who still buy the same old energy bars that have been on shelves for decades are missing out on the current golden age of trail food. Picky Bars, which were dreamed up by a group of athletes and come in flavors like “Chai and Catch Me” and “Cookie Doughpness,” are crafted with real food ingredients to provide clean energy before and during long jaunts.

Western Rise Icon Camp Hat

Any ballcap will help provide that bit of much-needed shade from the sun during a full day outside, but the Icon Camp Hat goes a step further. It’s constructed with a durable cotton ripstop fabric in a five-panel profile that functions on the trail but looks good in town too.

Winchester Craft Floating Record Shelf

Winchester Craft makes all kinds of neat shelving options to records and hold record sleeves. They’re elegent yet simple, built with real oak and handmade in Oregon.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

The Spot is excellent because it’s simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s basic. The headlamp uses three AAA batteries, and it’s fully waterproof. The main light is 300 lumens, which emits a beam to a claimed range of 80 meters (about 262 feet) and is easily dimmable. There’s also a red night vision setting.

Buff Lightweight Merino Wool

Wear it as a helmet liner, a neck gaiter, a headband or a scarf. The options are virtually endless and the highly breathable and moisture-wicking merino wool material makes this piece invaluable.

UnTapped Organic Maple Waffles

Snacks for outdoor adventures should be easy to handle and pack energy to keep you going. UnTapped’s Organic Maple Waffles achieve both those sticking points while also providing a delicious alternative to bland energy bars. Flavored with real maple syrup and maple sugar, the waffles keep the sticky substance secluded and off your hands which means you can eat them on the go and have no issues with messy hands.

Science in Sport Energy Bundle

During longer bouts of exercise it’s imperative that you fuel your body. After a certain point, your body depletes its stores of carbohydrates, and you need to top it off, so you can continue pushing yourself. SiS Go Isotonic energy gels provide 22 grams of carbs per gel and they don’t need to be washed down with water. The energy bundle lets you pick from ten flavors with and without caffeine. Go harder for longer with a quick hit of carbs and see what limits your body can push past.

Bialetti Moka Percolator

Bialetti created its now-iconic percolator in the ’50s, and since then it’s become a household staple in Italy and across Europe. Its rugged aluminum construction is handsome enough to leave out in the open on your counter and also makes it suitable for campsite use too.

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1

This is 27-watt USB-C wall charger that’s roughly the same size as the 5-watt puck that comes with your iPhone, but it can charge your MacBook Pro or new MacBook Air.

Petzl Tikka

Sunsets and sunrises are best viewed from mountaintops, with a companion and a warm beverage. Hiking in the dark is no excuse to miss one with a headlamp as affordable and powerful as Petzl’s classic Tikka. It boasts 200 lumens of light that can be utilized in separate modes for proximity, movement and distance vision.

Howler Brothers Men’s Bruja Stretch Boardshorts

The cotton-polyester-spandex combination in these boardshorts is comfortable with just the right amount of stretch so you can focus on your surfing performance and not worry about your boardshorts. The front and back pockets keep your belongings safe and secure.

Burton AK Endurance Sock

When you’re out on the hill all day, having a merino wool sock that will keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable is of the utmost importance. But fit is not to be overlooked as well. Burton’s AK Endurance sock is among the best in its class and will help you squeeze in those last few laps before calling it a day.

Nomad Rugged Case for AirPods

One the issues with AirPods is that Apple only sells white models and the only way to get non-white models is to customize through a third-party company, which is expensive. This sleeve for your AirPods charging case is relatively inexpensive and adds a bit of scratch and drop protection, too.

Blackstrap Hood Balaclava

In cold weather, a balaclava is essential. But it can also be cumbersome beneath a helmet and goggles. Blackstrap makes its Hood as low-profile as possible with a fabric blend that protects from the sun (and unwanted odors). But the best part is the articulating design that lets you pull it down off your face without scrunching up everything else.

Kitsbow 5in V File Socks

In all types of cycling, socks need to be more than just functional. Style plays a big factor as well. Kitsbow’s V File socks bring both style and function thanks to a construction that utilizes 60% Meryl Skinlife (a material that has silver embedded for anti-odor) and a sleek pattern.

Hydro Flask 18 oz Standard Mouth

Everybody needs a insulated bottle. At least, that’s what we believe. This one by Hydro Flask is one of our favorites. It protects its content’s temperature for up to 24 hours. And it’s made of durable stainless steel, so it’s not going to get punctured or crap out on you mid-adventure.

Wyze Cam Pan

Wyze Cam has made waves in the smart security camera market by offering a product with virtually the same features as something that costs 10x as. The Wyze Cam Pan, for example, only costs $30 and produces a 1080p picture and it can send you motion alerts. It also works with Alexa and IFTTT. It’s a wonderful gadget for anybody who wants to stay connected to their home, or just keep a watchful eye over their dog.

Arcade YOSAR Guide Belt

The fearless members of Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) save an average of 236 lives every year in Yosemite National Park. They rappel, climb or just plain run into dangerous situations without a second thought, in the name of saving the lives of others. To commemorate their bravery and continued service, Huckberry teamed up with Arcade Belts on an exclusive collection to help fund YOSAR’s rescue and safety efforts in the park (10-percent of each sale goes to YOSAR).

BalanceFrom GoFit All-Purpose Weights

Pick up this rubber-wrapped kettlebell in weights ranging from five- to 100-pounds. The solid cast base and color-coated vinyl protect your floor and feet. A wide handle means deadlifts and catches have a wider room for error than some smaller kettlebells. And the non-slip grip comes standard. Kettlebells increase the intensity on a variety of arm, leg, chest and back movements, so you can fit in a tougher workout in less time.

Boneshaker Mag Mega Bundle

Self-described as a “sideways look at cycling,” UK-based Boneshaker Magazine offers unique features and design that stands in contrast to the old guard of mountain bike magazines. While not mountain bike-specific, even the most diehard of mountain bikers will find something to enjoy in these pages.

Topeak Mini 20 Pro Tool

Every cyclist needs a tool in their pack. Topeak’s bantamweight Mini 20 Pro provides everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Parks Project National Parks Candle

The experience of being in the woods and hills shouldn’t have to end when you get back to the parking lot. Parks Projects’ collection of National Parks-themed candles bring the scents of cedar forests and Rocky Mountain lavender into the home, so the hiker in your life can at least pretend to be out in the trail, even when napping on the couch.

PR Lotion by Amp Human Performance

Cyclists know that recovery is crucial. Aiding that process can result in getting back on the bike quicker. PR Lotion by Amp Human Performance delivers more of the bicarbonate your body naturally produces to neutralize acid, battle fatigue and reduce soreness. More bicarb means faster recovery times, more rides and more miles.

Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Pet

There’s a great deal of misinformation on the internet about many things, and for whatever reason, fish oil is one of them. Nordic Naturals fish oil, which is made using the same stuff as its human fish oil supplements, makes an outsized impact for a pretty simple addition to a dog’s diet.

TriggerPoint Foam Roller

The pros know that even 10 minutes a day of foam rolling can help ease sore muscles and stretch out muscle fibers. When you think of recovery and the tools you need to ease any tension, TriggerPoint is the brand for you. The hollow core means it’s lightweight enough to throw in a gym bag, but still provides enough pressure to help you really dig into those IT bands.

Adidas Numbers Edition Hat

A five-panel cap in all black with an adjustable back makes for a gym-friendly style. The reflective details shine during nighttime runs, so your noggin lights up in the darkness.

Art of Sport Essentials Kit With Deodorant

The essentials kit includes deodorant, hair and body wash, a body bar and sunscreen and comes in two fresh scents: Compete and Rise. While we’re partial to the Rise smell, both are formulated with ingredients to help you stay fresh and clean all day long.

Snow Peak Titanium Silverware Set

Nobody should be using plastic utensils anymore, but especially not self-proclaimed outdoorsmen. This set from Snow Peak is light enough to stash in any backpack — whether it’s for hiking or commuting around town — and isn’t overly outdoorsy.

Amazon Echo Input

This little gadget is an Echo Dot, just without the speaker part. It’s designed to plug into a Bluetooth or passive speaker (via a 3.5mm jack), and it’ll essentially then turn it into a smart speaker that you can summonds songs to with your voice. It’s brilliant for anybody who wants to breath new life into their old speakers (Note: doesn’t work with stereo audio.)

UnTapped Organic Maple Waffles

No skier will ever opt for a frozen energy bar when UnTapped’s delicious maple-infused stroopwafel is available as an alternative. It’s made with organic flour, pure Vermont maple syrup and sugar, and sustainably-produced palm fruit oil.

Coal The Rowan Beanie

Whether you wear this beanie around town or up on the slopes, it’ll keep your head warm without sacrificing on style. Coal has been ingrained in the snowboard culture since the early aughts, and owning one of its hats is requisite for any serious snowboarder.

Lifts&Bounds Resort Series Poster

Take the slopes home with these graphic posters from Lifts&Bounds. A handful of the most prominent resorts in the country are available in graphic form and include an outline of the resorts’ trail systems as well of some of their most famous trail names.

Vega Sport Protein Powder

Finding the perfect protein for post-workout nutrition needs can be a minefield to navigate. Sometimes ingredient labels can be tricky to read. Vega makes it simple with its chocolate plant-based vegan protein powders. Thanks to pea-protein, organic pumpkin seed protein, organic sunflower seed and alfalfa, you get 30 grams of protein per scoop. It’s easy to throw this into your smoothie, muffins or shake. And don’t worry, if you prefer vanilla, there’s a flavor for you, too.

Ciele Athletics GoCap Whitaker Edition

Ciele Athletics make some of the most stylish, well-performing athletic caps around. Mesh panels and the moisture-wicking fabric provide extra breathability for hot days. And it also offers UPF +40 protection on the brim and front panel for keeping you guarded from the sun. A pliable brim makes it easy packing for any weekend excursion.

Brooks Sherpa 5-Inch Shorts

Winter brings a lot of cold days and many hours of treadmill time for runners. The Brooks Sherpa shorts will help make that transition easier. The five-inch shorts come with a Dri-Layer fabric to wick away sweat, so you don’t walk out the doors of your local gym and freeze in the current temperatures. Store your cash, keys and gym card in the sweat-resistant gym pocket in the back or the side pockets.

SKLZ Pro Band

These bands have the power to make every move harder. Place above your knees to work laterally and feel the burn in your glutes. You can also work with a partner to wrap around your waist and have them hold the opposite end of the band as you sprint forward. Nothing like a little power play to keep your competitive spirit up.

Slowtide Lau Beach Towel

When water is far away, this 100-percent cotton beach towel will transport you to your dream destination. The vibrant patterns can easily be displayed thanks to a hanging loop. We recommend you buy in bulk for the beach cabin of your dreams. All of your guests will want one.

Hydro Flask Sports Water Bottle Wide Mouth

If you need water to stay cold for the entire time you’re out fishing or surfing, a Hydro Flask wide mouth is the way to go. Add a BPA-free straw lid to the stainless steel double-wall, vacuum-insulated bottle and you can flip, sip and go. Sizes range from 32 to 40-ounces.

Pelican Go G40 Case

Protecting valuables from the elements isn’t always the easiest while camping. Thankfully, the legendary protective case company Pelican has built the Go G40 Case to do just that. The waterproof, crushproof, impact-proof and dustproof container is the ideal size for your smartphone, wallet and other essentials you want to keep secure and organized. A built-in pressure valve balances out air pressure as well. There’s not a more convenient protector case for the camper.

Belkin Fitness Armband

For those who still take their smartphone running, as they rely on it for GPS or streaming, these armbands are super helpful. There’s nothing innovative about them, but there doesn’t have to be — these armbands simply ensure you don’t have to carry or fit the smartphone in your pocket. (Belkin offers a variety of armbands that fit all smartphones. Check out the full catalog, here.)

Onzow Zerodust Stylus Cleaner

You want to periodically clean your turntable’s stylus needle so that your system sounds best. This small plastic box does just that. It has a gelatinous plastic inside that, when pressed against the needle, it removes build-up and other contaminants.

The Solo First Aid Kit

MyMedic was born from a simple question: “What if the tools required to save a life were made to be simple, accessible and affordable?” MyMedic first aid kits are specifically designed to help everyday people save lives in specific situations in the outdoors. Each one comes packed in a super durable carrying case that’s built to take a beating, keep first aid supplies safe from the elements and make everything accessible at a moment’s notice.

Four Roses Single Barrel

The Fallback: Four Roses caters to all budgets, including people on one. This bottle, however, is an upgrade to the brand’s “Yellow Label” and Small Batch expressions. It’s a little more complex, too, with notes of cinnamon, caramel and vanilla.
Suggested Retail Price: $40

Katin Seaside 5 Panel Cap

Whether you’re in a landlocked state or along the coasts, water-lovers everywhere will appreciate this rugged as the sea five-panel navy cap.

Barton 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon

An offshoot of Sazerac, Barton 1792 cleaned up at the most-recent San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most prestigious spirits competitions in the world. And this bourbon won a Double Gold, the highest honor there is. In layman’s terms, it’s one of the best bourbons you can buy. And it costs all of $40.
Suggested Retail Price: $40

Kitsbow Kitchel Lightweight Gloves

Kitsbow’s latest glove release, the Kitchel, was designed in collaboration with Mechanix Wear, whose gloves are renowned for their comfort. Kitsbow noticed that mountain bikers were wearing Mechanix gloves to ride, and figured that they, together with Mechanix, could optimize a glove for mountain biking. It’s about as close to a perfect mountain biking glove as you can get.

Trusox Sock

Soccer fans might recognize this nylon-cotton-spandex blended sock. It’s built to help prevent blisters in both old and new shoes, as well as providing your toes with a more sturdy grip inside the toebox.

Twelve South AirFly

How many times have you wanted to use your AirPods to listen to in-flight movies, only to realize that those small TVs don’t support Bluetooth? This little reciever solves that. No more purchasing those $2 wired earbuds from the flight attendant.

Master & Dynamic MP1000B Headphone Stand

If you want a really nice and clean headphone stand, we recommend this guy. It’s easy on the eyes and bespoke enough that when you’re actually working and listening to your headphones, it doesn’t add clutter or ugly-up the desk.

Salomon Trail Gaiters High

Trail gaiters are a simple way to add a bit more warmth and protection to your ankles and legs. If you find yourself running through rocky patches or sandy roads, these protect you from cuts and scrapes along the way. Velcro secures the gaiters in place, so you don’t have to fiddle with them during your run.

Hari Mari Dunes Flip Flops

A good pair of shower shoes will keep bacteria from creeping up off the tile floor and onto your feet. These water-friendly nylon sandals are plush to the touch thanks to a memory foam toe post and a foam insole with a firm arch. If light blue isn’t your color, try a navy, black or brown.

Mizu 360 M9 Everyday Kit

The stainless steel design on this Mizu water bottle is BPA free and 100 percent recyclable, so you can feel good while drinking. A wide-mouth opening makes it easy to swap out the straw for the filter and vice versa, plus adding ice to your drink is a breeze. The everyday filter blocks 99.99 percent of contaminants, catching them in the micropores before they enter your body. Plus, the silver, black and spearmint colors are sure to please everyone on your list.

Michter’s US*1 American Whiskey

Michter’s makes great bourbon and excellent rye. This whiskey is neither. It’s aged in whiskey-soaked barrels and free from grain neutral spirits, which means it’s “unblended.” Expect notes of butterscotch and vanilla with a fruity finish.
Suggested Retail Price: $45

Silca Seat Roll Premio

Silca’s Seat Roll uses Boa, the wheel-fastening system commonly found on cycling shoes, to keep your on-road tool collection compact and secure beneath the saddle. It’s durable, waterproof and has enough volume for whatever you might need (including spare tubes).

The Lifetime Leash


Cheap leashes will burden dogs and their owners. Which is why Atlas Pet Co. built a better one in the Lifetime Leash. The Lifetime Leash is handmade in the U.S. with premium-grade climbing rope and the woven structure provides greater resistance to chewing. But if a pup does somehow destroy it, Atlas will replace it for life. All that makes it a perfect gift for the dog lover (and their best friend).

Kahtoola NanoSpikes

When the snow falls, your grip underfoot can get a little sketchy. Prevent any slips or spills with these easy-to-attach Kahtoola spikes. Loop them over the front of your toe and your heel cup, and they’ll stay in place while you get after those winter running goals. The tungsten carbide spikes also help protect you against ice — especially when it’s hard to see.

Favorite Portable Carrier

Most people don’t need the enormous, bulky, hard-topped dog carriers of yesteryear. What most people need is a dog carrier that can be broken down quickly and doesn’t weigh 50 pounds. That’s what Favorite’s carrier is — simple, easy to tow around when in-use and in between uses and reasonably affordable.

SOG PowerAccess Deluxe MultiTool

Having a capable multitool that can handle anything when out in the wild is extremely important. And SOG’s PowerAccess MultiTool is one of the most comprehensive ones you can have. The 21 tools come complete with compound leverage gripping power to ensure you’ll be able to tackle any task wherever you find yourself.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)

The Echo Dot continues to look and sound better with each new iteration — and it also continues to cost just $50 (although you’ll be able to get it for even less during holidays). As with every Echo Dot, it continues to be the easiest and cheapest way to voice control all your smart home devices.

iFrogz Second Hub Sync

If you have a pair of wired headphones that you love — they’re comfortable and sound great — you can plug them into a wireless receiver and then stream music to them. It’s a fairly simple and liberating way to not be tethered to your smartphone or tablet. This wireless receiver also comes with a pair of earbuds.

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